Jude is seven months old! He’s an incredibly happy baby as long as he is able to watch his big sister and get her attention. Lately he’s been so much more mobile since he’s figured out how to scoot backwards. It’s kind of like the opposite of an army crawl — he lifts his body up with his hands but instead of propelling himself forwards, he just simply scoots backwards. It’s actually working out really well for him! He’s able to get anywhere he needs to. The only setback is he normally gets stuck underneath chairs and couches and anything else he scoots backwards into! He has a very distinct cry for when this happens so I can normally recognize it and come rescue him fairly quickly. It’s as if he’s saying, “Not again!! MOMMMMM!” And I think it’s the funniest thing. Emery is also a great help. If she sees him about to get stuck she’ll come find me and say, “Jude’s stuck! He cry!” So together we make a pretty good team, ha! I don’t think crawling is too far away. He’s just started to get up on his hands and knees. He’ll kind of rock back and forth for a little bit and every once in a while he’ll find the courage to pick one hand up and try to move it forward. Usually it ends in a face plant and some tears, but he’s trying! I know he’s very anxious to get moving and play more with Emery.
Another funny thing about him: Jude never stops squealing. I remember Emery going through this same phase, but Emery’s situation was a little different because we didn’t encourage the habit to continue. Don’t get me wrong, we thought it was cute for about…a day. It just got very loud and kind of annoying! (I think I have the right to say that as the parent who spends the entire day with them). Well Emery learned to make other sounds that I thought was funnier so she ended up leaving the squealing stage pretty quickly. Jude, on the other hand, gets nonstop encouragement from his big sister so I’m not sure if it will ever end! Emery loves to squeal back to him and the two of them have their own squealing matches for hours at a time. (That might be an exaggeration, but that’s what it feels like!)
This last month definitely brought some change and I’m excited for the next stages we have coming up. Jude is growing up so fast and I just love getting smiles from him. He’s such a happy and smiley baby — and I just love all of his hair!
Here’s another favorite from his 7-month photo shoot, along with a comparison shot of him and Monster at the same age!